BC Election 2017: 4 Liberal ministers unseated

Posted May 15, 2017

Party leader Andrew Weaver was re-elected in his Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding with more than half the votes, which led to a loud celebration at party headquarters in Victoria.

Kathryn Harrison says there's no disputing the Greens won two ridings that were previously NDP and may have siphoned off some centre-left votes in at least one other riding, clearing a path for the Liberals to win there.

Opposition leader John Horgan, appearing moments later at his election party down the block in Vancouver, declared: "A majority of British Columbians voted for a new government and I believe that is what they deserve".

"Honestly, he really does because he doesn't bring people to want to work with him", Weaver said in a Global BC interview.

The Greens received 8 per cent of the popular vote in the 2013 election along with their lone seat, but Mr. Weaver boldly forecasted gains in areas of NDP strength on Vancouver Island and the Kootenays. She also predicted the Liberals would strengthen their margin of victory after absentee ballots are counted.

British Columbians support of Christy Clark's BC Liberals secured them with a minority government win over the BC NDP and BC Green Party on May 9.

Weaver said the Greens are open to talking to both the Liberals and New Democrats about governing, but until the votes are counted it's too early to discuss political deals.

There was a specific theme for the 2017 BC Election according to Clark.

But it's likely British Columbia is heading into unfamiliar territory, with a high probability of the first minority government since 1952 when W.A.C. Bennett enlisted the support of the lone Labour MLA to take charge. "People across British Columbia have shown they are ready for politics to be done differently in this province", Weaver said.

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And presuming the seat count remains unchanged, collaboration between the NDP and the Greens would give them 44 seats. "Now is the time for all Greens across the country to celebrate".

"It could be some time before this is completely clear".

"That is reflected in turnout numbers on election day".

The NDP focused its campaign on the seat-rich Lower Mainland. The party took several Liberal ridings in the city of Vancouver and won a handful of battleground ridings in the suburbs of Metro Vancouver, including seats in Surrey, Coquitlam and Delta. Even after it was corrected, the claim raced through social media for days, fuelled by the fury of NDP supporters at the thought of the Greens propping up Clark.

While Horgan offered some hope that relief was coming, Clark simply promised more of the same.

The B.C. Liberal party has been in power for 16 years and is attempting to build on four straight majority governments by running on the party's record of economic growth and financial stability.

He also stuck to policy-driven messages during the campaign and criticized the NDP for pushing voters to reject the Greens to help them oust Clark's Liberals, saying it was a form of voter suppression.

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